Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Fun Literary Facts

Do you love to talk books?  At your next gathering, you can share some little known facts about some classic reading. BuzzFeed recently published "20 Literary Facts to Impress Your Friends With." Here are some to get you started.

    The original title of Fahrenheit 451 was The Firemen.

●    Don Quixote is the best-selling novel of all times – 500 million copies sold.

    A dog ate John Steinbeck’s original manuscript for Of Mice and Men.

   Gabriel Garcia Marquez will not allow One Hundred Years of Solitude to be made  into a film.

    Ernest Hemingway hated the original cover of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

    Mary Shelley’s monster in Frankenstein has no name, but she once referred to him as “Adam.”

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Books About Librarians

Since we are in the midst of National Library Week (April 14-20), we thought you might enjoy reading some books that feature librarians. GoodReads has a great list. Here are a few selections.

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

The Giant’s House by Elizabeth McCracken

The Murders of Richard III by Elizabeth Peters

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Great Essay Collections

From Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion to Naked by David Sedaris, essay collections are great reading when time is short. A well-crafted essay is a pleasure to savor – a great writer’s collection is a more enjoyable treat. Flavorwire recently published its list of "The 25 Greatest Essay Collections of All Times" (March 19, 2013). Here are a few recommendations from the list.

Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin

The Boys of My Youth by Jo Ann Beard

Teaching a Stone to Talk by Annie Dillard

I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron

Changing My Mind by Zadie Smith

Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace